When you ask people about mindfulness they usually envision a passive practice of meditation. But what most people don’t realize is that mindfulness is achieved in more than one way, and is more than just sitting cross legged on the floor and being in a moment of silence. Being completely self aware of your emotions, thoughts and senses in fact does not have to be physically limiting. The physical activities and exercises that you do daily can be a form of mindfulness meditation.
Indian spiritual guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, invented Active Meditation. While traditional meditation brings you to the mind, active meditation brings you into your body. Active Meditation is maintaining an introspective state of consciousness while engaging in everyday activities. Any activity that makes you aware of the present moment and tunes you out of the external world can be a form of mindfulness meditation.
Although active meditation encourages being “active”, it does not mean that you should do every activity that sets your way. Andreanna Limbach, a senior teacher at NYC meditation studio MNDFL, said that in order for meditation to be truly effective, you need to be willing to set aside your other activities for a few minutes to truly feel what it’s like to inhabit our bodies and rest with your breath—without doing anything else.